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The Tennessee Supreme Court confirmed Cyntoia Brown’s sentence of 51 years in prison for shooting and killing Johnny Allen in 2004. Here Brown sits between her counsel Charles Bone, left, and Houston Gordon, right, as they listen to the parole board’s decision in her clemency hearing at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn., on May 23, 2018. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)

Cyntoia Brown needs support, not 51 years in prison

A U.S. court has sentenced Cyntoia Brown to 51 years in prison for killing a man when she was a teenager. The case shows why the justice system must stop punishing women for defending themselves.
The #MeToo movement and more recent allegations against Brett Kavanaugh have posed questions about past conduct. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File

How should we judge people for their past moral failings?

Whether the sins of our past stay with us forever has become a pertinent question of our time. A philosopher argues we don't need to carry our past burdens – although there are some moral conditions.
Protester one year after Occupy Wall Street. Glenn Halog/Flickr

Survey: Social justice divides Americans

The support for the key values that pervade the discourse about social justice is overall very strong but it may be surprising that democracy and solidarity receive less support among respondents.
The courts are, or can be, theatres of remorse. Shutterstock

Friday essay: how do you measure remorse?

In many legal jurisdictions of the world, including Australia, an offender’s remorse is a mitigating factor at sentencing. And yet how judges evaluate such expressions is unclear.
Use of IT in courts could help make justice more efficient. But would it be fair? Shutterstock

Predicting justice: what if algorithms entered the courthouse?

Big data and algorithmic applications could transform how our legal institutions work, but the digital revolution must keep the needs of judges, attorneys and especially citizens at its heart.
How do survivors find healing? Chum Mey, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, walks past a portrait of Nuon Chea, a former Khmer Rouge leader. AP Photo/Heng Sinith

Bearing witness to Cambodia’s horror, 20 years after Pol Pot’s death

The accounts of survivors of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge show how they were able to find justice and healing by breaking their silence and speaking on behalf of those who were killed.

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